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Dan Wilensky: Good Music

Read "Good Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

“There are only two kinds of music. Good Music and the other kind." So said Duke Ellington, and probably a whole bunch of other people. Good Music is saxophonist Dan Wilensky's examination of music for music's sake, his unpretentious “serving the music" recording. Seven of the eleven tunes are chordless trio affairs, bringing--as a touchstone--Sonny Rollins' groundbreaking A Night At the Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1958) to mind with its fearless flexibility and Wilensky's muscular and assured tone. ...

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Dan Wilensky: Made In Portland

Read "Made In Portland" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Relocating is never easy, but it would seem that multi-reedist Dan Wilensky has acclimated quite well to the musical climate of Portland, Oregon since arriving there in 2012. The latest release from this man-of-many-talents puts him in close quarters with a collection of that city's finest musicians, a crew that's ready and eager to tackle Wilensky's originals and put new twists on old favorites from artists like Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, and, dare I say it, Neil Sedaka. ...

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Dan Wilensky: Made In Portland

Read "Made In Portland" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A Hollywood/TV industry musician who has performed on, or arranged for such programs as, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Tonight Show and several others, Portland-based composer and saxophonist Dan Wilensky is currently performing and teaching in Portland, from where he records his fifth album as leader on Made In Portland, offering eight fresh new originals and five covers including vocal renditions of songs from Irving Berlin, Charles Trenet and Hoagy Carmichael. As the album title indicates, the saxophonist records ...

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Dan Wilensky: Back In The Mix

Read "Back In The Mix" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Thirteen years separated the release of tenor saxophonist Dan Wilensky's first two albums-- And Then Some (Speechless, 1997) and If You Only Knew (Speechless, 2010)--but the saxophonist wasn't sitting around idly during that stretch of time. Wilensky's work as a session player, touring musician, author, and educator kept him beyond busy, yet his own music suffered as a result. Thankfully, the saxophonist has been focusing his efforts on being a leader since 2009, and the resultant albums released since that ...

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Dan Wilensky: Group Therapy

Read "Group Therapy" reviewed by Charles Walker

Tenor saxophonist Dan Wilensky possesses a warm, accessible tone on his instrument, and at first glance Group Therapy seems tailor-made to feature this broad, bluesy sound on ten straightforward compositions. However, less than two minutes into “Reckless Tongue," the album opener, the syrupy head breaks down into a standstill of rests and whole notes before sliding back into the relaxed groove that carries the tune the rest of the way. This brief moment of suspense perfectly encapsulates what makes the ...

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Dan Wilensky: Group Therapy

Read "Group Therapy" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Group therapy involves a collection of individuals coming together to work things out and sort through their thoughts in the same room. The same can be said for saxophonist Dan Wilensky's Group Therapy. Wilensky's wide-ranging career has involved everything from street playing and studio sessions to Broadway and a stint in Ray Charles' band. All of his experiences have helped him flesh out a personal sound that touches on everything from loose swing and free jazz to faux-Arabian fare.

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Dan Wilensky: To Whom Much is Given...

Read "Dan Wilensky: To Whom Much is Given..." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Tenor saxophonist Dan Wilensky is a Renaissance Man and an educator, both facets of his character evidenced in his musicians' guide, Musician!, and the album If You Only Knew. What Wilensky provides over these two offerings is a masterclass in tasteful and well-behaved musicianship in the real world. No booze- swilling or reefer madness here, only straight professionalism. Music and music making are no joke to Wilensky, but that doesn't mean he lacks a sense of humor. ...

BOOK EXCERPTS

Style-Hopping: An Excerpt from Musician! A Practical Guide

Read "Style-Hopping: An Excerpt from Musician! A Practical Guide" reviewed by Dan Wilensky

[Editor's Note: The following article is an excerpt from Musician! A Practical Guide For Students, Music Lovers, Amateurs, Professionals, Superstars, Wannabees and Has-Beens (CreateSpace, 2010), by saxophonist Dan Wilensky.] Musician! is a book for all musicians, and anyone who loves music. It includes music history, philosophy, assorted tricks of the trade, proactive advice for the downtrodden, and instructive tales from the trenches.For the neophyte, Wilensky demystifies the process of becoming a “real" musician. For the ...

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Take Five With Dan Wilensky

Read "Take Five With Dan Wilensky" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Dan Wilensky:Saxophonist, composer, and author Dan Wilensky has toured and recorded with hundreds of artists, including Ray Charles, Jack McDuff, Joan Baez, Santana, Steve Winwood, Donna Summer, R. Kelly, Melissa Manchester, Faith No More, Hall & Oates, Freddie Jackson, Linda Eder, Mark Murphy, James Brown, Deborah Harry, The Manhattan Transfer, David Bowie, and Madonna. He has played on numerous commercial jingles, film soundtracks and TV themes, including The Nanny, Hollywood Squares, Sex In The City, ESPN Sportscenter, ...


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